Biomed News - January 2015

January 01, 2015

National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence Issues Medical Device Security Use Case

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota, has recently issued a Medical Device Security Use case for wireless infusion pumps.

The advent of wireless IV pumps represents a major advancement in drug administration and medication delivery. However, these stand-alone systems are more likely to be vulnerable in safety and security risks. To mitigate such potential hazardous events, NCCoE has compiled a list of threat sources and vulnerabilities that will help healthcare providers develop best practices and risk traceability involving infusion pumps.

According to Nate Lesser, deputy director of the NCCoE, “This is the first medical device project for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, and our second focused on the healthcare sector.” This infusion pump use case employs an inside-out approach, which identifies all personnel involved from the procurement process through the device operation, risk assessment procedures, risk-mitigating technologies, and sample countermeasures.

The draft use case will be available in a public comment period until February 20, 2015. Interested parties may send their comments at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">HIT_NCCoE@nist.gov or in NCCoE's discussion forums. After the document has been finalized, NCCoE will invite organizations to participate in developing a practice guide and reference design, which mainly covers hardware, software and configurations used in addressing the technical security problems presented in the use case.

Adopting wireless infusion pumps requires a prevalent safety culture for reliable patient care. AIV is a premier provider of helpful resources to national, state, and local groups within biomedical and clinical engineering arena. To learn more about the biomedical and healthcare technology management associations that we support, visit www.aiv-inc.com/biomed-associations.html.

Upcoming Events:

1. Human Factors for Medical Devices
Quality and design engineers, research and development managers, quality assurance staffs, clinical and medical affairs employees, and other personnel who are new to the application of human factors to medical devices are invited to attend AAMI’s upcoming seminar on January 27-29, 2015 in London, England. This three-day course will offer participants a comprehensive overview to human factors as it relates to medical devices.

To know more about this course, check out www.aami.org/meetings/courses/humanfactors.html.

2. NEHES 2015 Leadership Series
The New England Healthcare Engineer’s Society (NEHES) offers a leadership series for all NEHES members in Andover, Massachusetts, which will be launched on January 27, 2015. These five one-day sessions will provide courses that are essential in advancing the career in healthcare engineering management.

Browse through www.nehes.org/nehes-2015-leadership-series for online registration and complete details.

3. ICRA Training Program
The Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management will offer an ICRA Training Program on January 30, 2015 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. This course aims to provide participants with basic knowledge on the significance of infection control risk assessment in developing competent healthcare construction points.

More information on this training program could be found at www.tahfm.org/?page=2015ICRAtraining.

Past Events:

1. California Medical Instrumentation Association Annual Symposium
The California Medical Instrumentation Association (CMIA) Held its annual symposium on January 15-18 at the Town & Country Resort in San Diego. The symposium included two days of educational sessions, a vendor show and a golf tournament. The symposium was capped off with the CMIA awards banquet, where the organization handed out its scholarships and other professional awards.

2. 2014 SoCalBio Workforce Development Roundtable Discussion
The Southern California Biomedical Council previously held a workforce roundtable discussion last December 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The summit has provided Southern California bioscience companies with a unique approach in addressing workforce issues within the bioscience industry, workforce development professionals, educators, as well as other state and local partners.

Learn more about this recent event at www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-socalbio-workforce-development-roundtable-discussion-tickets-9386596563?aff=eorg.

3. Health Care Construction (HCC) Certificate Workshop®
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) will be conducting a Health Care Construction (HCC) Certificate Workshop® on January 20-21, 2015 at ABC Keystone in Manheim Pennsylvania. This HCC workshop will feature critical topics in healthcare construction including health care planning, design, Life Safety Code® compliance, and construction risk assessment, among others. For complete details on the course and registration procedure, visit www.ashe.org/learn/seminars_and_workshops/HCC/index.html#.VL8cEtKUcvZ.

4. IBS Annual Meeting
IBS will be hosting its 24th annual conference on January 24, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel City Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The event is designed to meet the continuing educational needs and interests of the state’s biomedical community.

Learn more about this event at www.indianabiomedical.com/annual-conference.

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Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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